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Bruce L. Bird, PhD

Bruce L. Bird received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Houston in 1975. He then spent four years at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, initially as a postdoctoral fellow in Pediatrics, then as staff and Assistant Professor in Neurology. Dr. Bird’s work at Johns Hopkins included clinical services and research in behavioral medicine, and directing federally funded research grants in behavioral neurology.

Over his thirty-five year professional history, he has served in administrative roles for organizations including Catholic Charities of his native New Orleans in the early 1980’s, a national for-profit neurorehabilitation company in the late 1980’s, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins in the early 1990’s. Prior to joining Vinfen in 2003, he served for eight years as the Chief Executive Officer of North Suffolk Mental Health, a large community behavioral healthcare center with strong affiliations with the Massachusetts General Hospital. After seven years of service as Vinfen’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Bird was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010.

Dr. Bird lists several areas of focus for the Executive Team leading Vinfen, including continuing strong financial performance, improving the organization’s quality management system, partnering with academic institutions in applied research, positioning Vinfen in the changing world of healthcare reform, and developing new program models, including innovative projects in integrated care and use of mobile technologies designed to improve outcomes for the populations Vinfen serves.

Dr. Bird has also served on numerous statewide policymaking and provider organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the Association of Behavioral Healthcare of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers of Massachusetts, the Providers’ Council, and on the Healthcare Reform Committee of the Mental Health Corporations of America. He also currently serves on several Massachusetts EOHHS policy and planning committees including the Implementation Council of the Massachusetts Demonstration Project for Individuals with Dual Medicare and Medicaid eligibility.

Dr. Bird is a licensed psychologist, and has served as a member of the associate faculty of the Psychiatry Department of the Harvard Medical School and the affiliate staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital. He currently serves on the Boards of The Association of Behavioral Healthcare, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, the Providers Council, and the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health. Dr. Bird also serves on the Implementation Council of the Massachusetts EOHHS Demonstration for Integrated Care for Individuals with Dual Medicare and Medicaid Eligibility.

Dr. Bird has also produced numerous articles and is active in applied research. His recent research activities include serving as principal investigator of a three-year grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to evaluate a new Community Behavioral Health Home model to integrate and improve health care for individuals with serious psychiatric disabilities, and as principal investigator in a project funded by the Cummings Foundation to evaluate a new SmartPhone application designed to help young adults with serious mental illness manage their health.